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Luxury Hotels in Florida

By Travel Savvy

Leading Hotels of the World, the prestigious hospitality organization representing more than 375 of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts, and spas, is one of our favorite websites to visit for a bit of armchair travel.

Leading Hotels of the World (or LHW) requires that member properties meet exacting standards “with respect to accommodations, service, cuisine, employee behavior and facilities – in short – all aspects affecting guest comfort, convenience and mood.” 

Right now we have our minds on warm weather and beaches... so we’re thinking Florida! Here is a round-up of LHW properties in the Sunshine State.

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Aqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is the getaway of our dreams. Guests of this luxury Florida hotel enjoy beachfront views, top shelf amenities, four outdoor pools, three exquisite in-house eateries, and a full-service spa and health center.

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The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables

1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida

The brilliant architectural minds behind New York’s Grand Central Station also designed this stunning Florida landmark property. Everything about The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables brings to mind a time in our history when splendor and elegance reigned; from their Renaissance inspired pool, the luxurious rooms which feature lush Egyptian bedding, to their on-site French restaurant Palme d’Or. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Judy Garland and Al Capone are just a few celebrities and notables to have stayed here.

Travel tip: Ghost hunters might be interested to know that The Biltmore is rumored to be haunted.

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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida

The Carillon Miami is a fitness enthusiast’s dream. The Miami hotel’s 70,000 sq. foot spa, fitness and health center that features a 2 story climbing wall, multiple pools and medically inspired beauty treatments means that you’ll truly look and feel refreshed by the time you check out. We also love the beach front location and the yummy juice bar!

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach

3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida

One of the latest luxury resorts to land on Miami Beach is Faena Hotel Miami Beach. This oceanfront gem, which debuted as the anchor of Faena Arts District of Miami Beach, focuses on creating a true experience for guests, and providing more than just supremely comfortable hotel rooms with top notch amenities.

Every detail in this Florida hotel has been carefully crafted and reflect the company’s dedication to South American hospitality principles, beginning with the environment -- elegant Art Deco-inspired furnishings that harken back to Miami’s glamorous heyday of the 1950’s--and extending to thoughtful service touches--there are butlered floors and a full-service spa that focuses on holistic treatments.

Conclusion? The arrival of this spectacular hotel, and the surrounding art and design district, means that Miami’s Mid-Beach area has officially arrived.

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The Setai

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Situated ocean-side in a fully-restored 1936 Art Deco-era building, the Setai Hotel is perfect for the traveller that wants sophistication and elegance at every level.

This award-winning property boasts 125 suites and amenities including three temperature-controlled pools, beach front services, and exceptional dining experiences. It’s no wonder that Forbes awarded this hotel their prestigious Travel Guide Five Star Award in 2015 and 2016.

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